Christmas and Chanukah in Trafalgar Square

In my post on Northbank, I promised to return to Trafalgar Square for a special tree.  Here is a slice from the very top of that tree.

Trafalgar Sq tree top Why is it special?  Because it is 21 metres tall; it weighs about four tonnes; it is over fifty years old; and it is a gift from Norway.  The sign at the base of the tree explains a little bit more.

Trafalgar Sq tree sign (1)Click here and here to read more about the tree’s journey from Skullerud forest to the Port of Immingham to London.

In the run-up to Christmas, choirs from churches, charities and community groups will be singing Christmas carols beside the tree.   If you’re near Trafalgar Square on Saturday 19th December, look out for my friends from Crown Court Church of Scotland, who will be singing and raising money for Christian Aid.

Christian Aid bucket

This week the square is also home to a giant menorah, to celebrate the Jewish festival of lights, Chanukah.  The menorah will be on display until 14th December, with one light being lit each day.

Trafalgar Sq Tree & Menorah (1)

The building behind the menorah in the next image is the National Gallery.

Trafalgar Sq menorah (1)

The square will be busy tonight.  There is a special celebration at the menorah today, with the Mayor of London, live music and, best of all, free doughnuts.  For more details, click here to see the Mayor of London’s website, or look for the hashtag on Twitter.

 

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. Certainly a huge tree! The one in my hometown with mere 5m looks tiny in comparison 🙂

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      But I imagine German towns look lovely at Christmas, with decorations and Christmas markets. Is that right?

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      1. Mostly only the Christmas markets are decorated very well. In my hometown they got only little decoration around the main shopping streets and nothing more

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  2. Andrew says:

    I’m up in London on Monday. I’ll see if I can find time to visit Traf Square.

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      You know what I would recommend in London at the moment, if you’re interested in art and in China? An exhibition of Ai Wei Wei’s work at the Royal Academy. I was there last week and was impressed.

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  3. How marvellous! Definitely getting into the spirit and love such a tradition between nations that remains even after almost 80 years!

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Yes, isn’t it great? I hope they continue for another 80 years.

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  4. Kim in Fiji says:

    The story of the tree really touches my heart. And I love that Christian traditions and Jewish traditions live side-by-side in beautiful harmony. Just lovely!

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      London can be good like that, and this square is a good place for large public events.

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